\ ˈblend How to pronounce blend (audio) \
blended also blent\ ˈblent How to pronounce blend (audio) \; blending

Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : mix especially : to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished
2 : to prepare by thoroughly intermingling different varieties or grades

intransitive verb

1a : to mingle intimately or unobtrusively
b : to combine into an integrated whole
2 : to produce a harmonious effect



Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something produced by blending: such as
a : a product prepared by blending
b : a word (such as brunch) produced by combining other words or parts of words
2 : a group of two or more consecutive consonants that begin a syllable

Other Words from blend


blendable \ ˈblen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce blend (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for blend


mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole. mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity. mix the salad greens mix a drink mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active. fear mingled with anticipation in my mind commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling. a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture. blended several teas to create a balanced flavor merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole. in his mind reality and fantasy merged coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity. telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities. refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product. a building in which modernism and classicism are fused

Examples of blend in a Sentence

Verb The music blends traditional and modern melodies. She blends psychology and crime in her new novel. Noun a blend of cream and eggs a blend of traditional and modern melodies
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many are designed to look like furniture, such as console tables and cabinets, to blend in with your existing décor. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 29 July 2022 This one is easy to blend up with a frozen banana, milk, honey, cocoa, vanilla, and a couple of teaspoons of instant coffee for a perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 He's know for being unafraid to blend modern pop flourishes with his traditionalist sensibilities. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2022 While designing protective features to blend with aesthetically-pleasing home designs, MWA has also consulted with firms focusing on engineering concrete reinforcements and retaining walls for the Great Lakes. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The sticks are also easy to blend out with just your fingers. Devon Abelman, Allure, 4 May 2022 Inside, the museum appears to blend seamlessly with the surrounding coast, its many windows and terraces giving a sense of the art working within nature, a one-of-a-kind integration. Seth Combs, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2022 Throughout the 1960s, new cars continued to blend exciting new technology with increasingly sleek design. al, 11 Mar. 2022 Rigs hauling migrants blend with the 20,000 trucks that travel daily on the I-35 freeway to and from Laredo, the country’s busiest land port. New York Times, 25 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Synthetic fabrics and garments made from a blend of multiple fibers are more likely to pill, as are those made with a looser weave. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2022 The shorts' softness comes from a blend of cotton and polyester material, which is breathable and cooling even on hot summer days. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 Made from a classic Bordeaux blend of four grapes, with Merlot leading the way, this is a deep and richly fruited wine led by black plum. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Mushroom coffee is usually made from a powder blend of ground mushrooms and coffee beans. Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 This three-piece set includes a matching cardigan, cropped tank, and pants all made from a stretchy and breathable blend of spandex, polyester, and rayon. Sarah Han, Allure, 15 July 2022 Expect floral notes of black pepper, botanical accords, and Indonesian patchouli and sparkling conditioning from a blend of shea butter, coconut, and pomegranate seed oil. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 22 June 2022 Both pieces are made from a UPF 50 poly-spandex blend. Maren Larsen, Outside Online, 21 June 2022 It is made from a blend of wool and silk and reflects the golden jewel tones throughout the club. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 16 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blend


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blend


Middle English, probably from Old Norse blend-, present stem of blanda to mix; akin to Old English blandan to mix, Lithuanian blandus impure, cloudy

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More Definitions for blend


\ ˈblend How to pronounce blend (audio) \
blended; blending

Kids Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to mix so completely that the separate things mixed cannot be told apart
2 : to exist agreeably with each other She chose soft colors that blend well.
blend in
: to look like part of something He tried to blend in with the group.



Kids Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a thorough mixture : a product made by blending
2 : a word formed by combining parts of two or more other words so that they overlap The word "smog" is a blend of "smoke" and "fog."

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